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Municipal Stormwater Permit Implementation Planner (Environmental Planner 3)

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Department of Ecology is currently looking for a Municipal Stormwater Permit Implementation Planner (Environmental Planner 3) in our Water Quality Program, located at our Vancouver Field Office, in Vancouver WA. Ecology's Vancouver Field Office houses a small, highly independent staff in the Portland Metropolitan Area.

This position develops policies, procedures, and standards of adequacy for municipal stormwater permit-related policies and efforts.

We are looking for applicants with expertise in water quality-related planning and implementation, experience developing, planning, and coordinating stormwater programs.
Our top candidate is self-driven, has excellent people skills and the ability to communicate with a diverse stakeholder group, possesses the ability to quickly assess situations and make decisions, and has a high level of emotional intelligence.

As an agency, we invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism, and accountability. 
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Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts

Agency Mission: The mission of the Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment, for current and future generations. 

Program Mission: The mission of the Water Quality Program is to protect and restore Washington's waters to support healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures state waters can support beneficial uses including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health.
Municipal Stormwater Permit Planning and Implementation: This position helps other Ecology staff and municipalities in developing, planning, and coordinating stormwater programs beneficial to water quality, and works as part of a state-wide team to develop guidance and to reissue the Municipal Stormwater Permit in order to improve our efforts to meet state and federal water quality requirements. This includes:
  • Planning new stormwater-related initiatives and permit administration, and serving as a technical liaison between planners in other state departments and directors of regional, local, and federal planning agencies.
  • Working with a team of other motivated municipal stormwater planners, permit writers, engineers and scientists to discuss regulations, inform decision-making and collaborate on policy-making.
  • Coordinating with local jurisdictions to resolve complex and challenging stormwater management planning issues, and ensuring local planning efforts coordinate with other state agencies, federal agencies, tribes and/or other local governments.
  • Developing, planning, and coordinating the implementation of stormwater and water quality-related Near Term Actions for review by and submittal to the Puget Sound Partnership.
Policy, Procedure, and Standards of Adequacy Development for MS4 Permits: This position leads the planning and coordination with local governments and Ecology staff to develop and facilitate new stormwater-related initiatives such as basin planning, adaptive management, and local program equivalency determinations. This includes:
  • Serving as the planner for implementing the Lower Columbia and South Puget Sound's Low Impact Development (LID) code update initiative and stormwater basin planning for municipal stormwater permittees.
  • Developing policies, procedures, and standards of adequacy for LID efforts, and analyzing compliance related to the updating of municipal code to make LID the preferred and commonly-used approach to site development.
  • Providing significant input and insight into standards of adequacy for equivalency reviews of Phase I permittee stormwater management manuals and related codes.

This position will remain open until filled. The initial screening date will be October 8, 2019 In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 7, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.


Required Qualifications:
A Master's degree or above with a major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field AND two years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.


One year of experience as an Environmental Planner 2, provided a degree as described above has been obtained.

NOTE: Two years of professional level experience in land use, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development, will substitute for the Master's degree provided a Bachelor's degree in a field listed above or a natural science has been obtained.

Desired Qualifications 
  • Experience communicating technical or scientific information with diverse audiences.
  • Experience reviewing and understanding complex technical documents.
  • Experience with complex Clean Water Act-related statutes, regulations, and permits.
  • Experience applying negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Water quality sampling experience or training.
  • Project Management experience.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

Must obtain and maintain a valid driver's license.

Why work for Ecology?

Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State's environment.

A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life balance.

Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:

Student debt and how working for Ecology can help
Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See for more details.
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Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

Please attach the following documents as an attachment to your application:
  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required/desired qualifications of this position.
  • A Resume.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position.

Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including "please see resume" may disqualify you from further consideration.

Department of Ecology employees, please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources.

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Other Information:

If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Chris Montague-Breakwell at: Please do not contact Chris to inquire about the status of your application.

The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed.

This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.  

The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.